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Take notes on your pattern instructions as you work. Clarify directions that weren't clear, and specifiy any changes you have made. This is will help you to remember all of the valuable lessons you have learned!

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    Dec 19, 2010, 06.06 PMby ellohdesign

    awesome tips! thanks.

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    Dec 19, 2010, 05.55 PMby whalen

    I tried my first muslin and make the mistake of mocking up a jersey garment with a non-stretchy experiment fabric! Good advice to have the same stretch in both garments. Also, it taught me that sewing your first garment should be an “easy” pattern. Get a few successes going while you learn the vocabulary.

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    Dec 17, 2010, 10.14 PMby norcalkitten

    I actually just did my fist muslin moch up on a retro dress. Thank you so much for the information and good to hear that patience CAN be learned!!!! I hope I am on my way.

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    Dec 13, 2010, 06.59 AMby Tracy Garner

    Muslins can be especially important if you have a difficult to fit body. When I was in my teens and 20’s my front was a different size from my back and that made it difficult to get a good fit. Also that long ago, there were not many choices for formal wear for plus sizes, so to get cute things I had to sew. I wish that I had done muslins sooner.

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      Dec 13, 2010, 08.36 AMby madebymeg

      hmmm i wonder if i have that problem, too! i am always taking in the back!

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    Nov 26, 2010, 02.01 PMby tonierenee

    Thank you for the information. I am sure lots of sewers will learn from this. I will try the seams on the outside next time. Yes, eventually you get to the point where you want the time and effort to produce the best product you can and you have to give in to all the little tips like ironing and such to more up a level. Funny thing for me is that I make my first version on ugly fabric and it seems to come out awesome! Sometimes I have a garment that fits perfect and the fabric doesn’t look as ugly anymore! :-) And other times not.

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